Monday, April 23, 2018



The American Library Association announced the winners of the various youth media awards in February.  The awards will be presented at their annual conference in June.  For a full list of winners and honor books, visit

Below are a few of the winners along with a brief synopsis of each book.

John Newbery Medal: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.
Hello, Universe shows how four lives come together in one day in unexpected ways.

Randolph Caldecott Medal: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell.
This book follows a wolf cub and girl as they find their way home in a snowstorm.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.
This novel focuses on Jade as she attends a private school where she feels like an outsider but has many opportunities to help her succeed later in life. However, there are some opportunities that she is not interested in.

William C. Morris & Odyssey Awards: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Starr Carter witnesses the death of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer.  Her friend, Khalil was unarmed.  Soon, his death becomes a national headline, and everyone wants to know what really happened.  The only person alive with that answer is Starr.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman.
This book delves into the friendship and love between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh.  The author used letters that Vincent wrote to Theo throughout his lifetime as a large part of her research into this work.

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Monday, April 16, 2018


The Eager Free Public Library is participating in this year's NEA Big Read.  This program is possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  This community reading project is taking place throughout various parts of the state, and it allows for the community at large to participate and engage in discussions related to a common read.  This year's book is The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Louise Erdrich is the author of novels, poetry, children's books, and short stories.  The Round House won the National Book Award for Fiction (the 2017 winner was Sing, Unburied, Sing).  This award is an American literary prize that has been awarded to authors such as William Faulkner and Ralph Ellison.  Eligible books must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher.  For more information on the National Book Award, visit

Some of Louise Erdrich's novels are listed below.  Check one out today!

Monday, April 9, 2018


This month's book discussion will revolve around Helen Simonson's The Summer Before the War.  This novel begins before the start of World War I in England.  As you read, you will follow the lives of Hugh Grange, Aunt Agatha, and Beatrice Nash.  Hugh is working on his medical studies, Agatha has just risked her reputation by pushing for the appointment of a woman to teach Latin at the school, and Beatrice has just arrived and must prove herself as the Latin teacher.  Just as you settle in with the characters and the world that Simonson has created, the inhabitants are faced with the realities of war.

Helen Simonson is the author of two novels:

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
The Summer Before the War

If you are looking for something to read next, give one of these books a try.

The Dust That Falls From Dreams by Louis De Bernieres tells the story of a British family whose lives are shaped by World War I and its aftermath.

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier explores the changing time of the early 1900s.  You meet two girls from different social classes who grow up as the new King of England changes social customs and creates a more forward-thinking era.

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave is set in London during the years of 1939-1942.  This story is inspired by the real-life love letters between the author's grandparent.

The First of July by Elizabeth Speller follows the lives of four men as their lives converge on the first day of the Battle of the Somme during World War I.

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict takes a look at the life of Albert Einstein's wife, Mitza Maric, a brilliant and fascinating woman who was overshadowed by her husband's contributions to science.

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Monday, April 2, 2018


The winner of the NCAA College Basketball tournament will be decided tonight.  This means we will also have a new Book Madness champion!

Here is a list of our top 4 seeds.

1 Seeds:
Camino Island by John Grisham
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
16th Seduction by James Patterson

2 Seeds:
Come Sundownby Nora Roberts
Golden Prey by John Sandford
No Middle Name by Lee Child
The Store by James Patterson

3 Seeds:
Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
The Whistler by John Grisham
Haunted by James Patterson
The Fix by David Baldacci

4 Seeds:
Never Never by James Patterson
The Black Book by James Patterson
Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton

Good luck to our final two books: Haunted and Hillbilly Elegy!

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Birthday Books for Young Children

This book list is inspired by When's My Birthday? by Julia Fogliano. This delightful picture book from 2017 features a young child wondering "when is my birthday?" The excitement surrounding a child's birthday is brought to life with beautiful illustrations and text that is both sweet and humorous. It's a great book to share with a little one who can't stop wondering when his or her birthday will be!

Some other great books that feature birthdays are listed below. Check one out today!

Board Books
Birthday Monsters by Sandra Boynton
Happy Birthday by Sarah Powell
Max's Birthday by Rosemary Wells
Touch and Feel Happy Birthday by Dawn Sirett
Where is Baby's Birthday Cake: A Lift the Flap Book by Karen Katz

Picture Books
Alfie by Thyra Heder
The Bake Shop Ghost by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban
Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
Happy Birthday! by Suzuki Mamoru
Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss
I Love Birthdays by Anna Walker
I Want Two Birthdays by Tony Ross

Monday, March 19, 2018

Author Spotlight: Maeve Binchy

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and celebrations of Irish culture this past weekend, we are highlighting one of Ireland's most popular and beloved modern writers: Maeve Binchy.

Maeve Binchy was born on May 28 1939 in the Dalkey suburb of Dublin, Ireland. She died in 2012. Throughout her life she wrote novels, plays, short stories, and newspaper columns. She is known for her well developed characters and descriptions of small town life in Ireland. Her writing is full of humorous touches and beautiful moments that will bring tears to your eyes. When reading her books you feel like you are there with her characters as they move through life's ups and downs.

For more information about Maeve Binchy, visit her website at or read her Maeve Binchy: The Biography by Piers Dudegon.

Many of Maeve Binchy's books are also available as eBooks or eAudio. Download the Libby app or browse on OverDrive to get started downloading to your device. Here is a list of her short stories and novels available at our library.

Short Stories Collections
Full House
London Transports
This Year Will Be Different and Other Stories
The Return Journey
A Few of the Girls

Light a Penny Candle
The Lilac Bus
Firefly Summer
The Silver Wedding
Circle of Friends
The Copper Beech
The Glass Lake
Evening Class
Tara Road
Scarlet Feather
Nights of Rain and Stars
Whitethorn Woods
Heart and Soul
Minding Frankie
A Week in Winter
Chestnut Street
Sister Caravaggio

Monday, March 12, 2018

STEAMpunks: Rainforest Book List

At today's STEAMpunks we are learning all about rainforests! This program for kids in grades K-5 centers on science, technology, engineering, art, and math topics (plus fun!).

For our rainforest STEAMpunks, we'll be visiting the amazing Evansville Community School District's Nature Center. Kids will explore lots of hands on activities to learn about this amazing environment! Here are some of the books we'll be sharing at today's STEAMpunks.

Lifesize Rainforest by Anita Ganeri & Stuart Jackson-Carter
A huge book filled with wonderful photographs featuring rainforest animals at their actual size.

Once Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles and James Boast
An eye appealing book for young children.

The Umbrella by Jan Brett
A tropical story told in Jan Brett's classic style.

The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell
A rainforest theme version of this classic, cumulative song.

Disappearing Acts: A Search and Find Book of Endangered Animals by Isabella Bunnell
This gorgeously illustrated I spy style book features endangered animals from many parts of the world, including the rainforest.

How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Foods and Medicines from the Rainforests by Adrian Forsyth
This non-fiction book share information about the diversity of life in the Amazon rainforest.

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
A beautiful story with a message about conservation and environmentalism.

A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Okay, so this book doesn't really feature the rainforest. There is an assortment of animals, some that live in the rainforest, but we shared this book for its humorously take on the food chain.